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Children's Wisconsin gets $15 million for mental health effort

Friday, January 31, 2020  
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January 28, Wisconsin Health News

Children's Wisconsin has received the single largest donation in its history for a plan to address mental and behavioral health needs, according to a Monday statement.

The health system has launched a $15 million challenge, with an anonymous donor pledging that amount to match dollar-to-dollar donations.

“The community recognizes that mental and behavioral health services must be improved, particularly for kids," Peggy Troy, president and CEO of Children’s, said in a statement.

The five-year plan aims to double the number of mental and behavioral health providers employed by the system, detect needs sooner, improve access to services and reduce stigma.

The provider estimates it needs $150 million for the effort. A significant part of that will come from donations, while the rest will come from expanded programs, state and federal funding, investments by Children's, contracts and partnerships.